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Salvador Garcia pleads not guilty in murder of Colusa County woman

Salvador Garcia Jr. pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of murdering the mother of his child, Karen Garcia, of Colusa County.

Posted: Aug 4, 2019 11:53 AM
Updated: Aug 7, 2019 9:57 PM

UPDATE 12:08 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 - Salvador Garcia Jr. pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of murdering the mother of his child, Karen Garcia, of Colusa County. 

He will be back in court on Oct. 9 at 8:30 a.m. 

In the meantime, he is being held in Colusa County. 

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UPDATE 12:20 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 2019 - Action News Now has learned that Salvador Garcia Jr. will be arraigned in court, Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Colusa County Superior Court.

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UPDATE 4:12 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 - We have posted the mugshot of Salvador Garcia Jr. taken Sunday at the Colusa County Jail.

A spokesperson for the Colusa County Jail told Action News Now Sunday that Salvador Garcia Jr. was arrested on two warrants. One was for the murder of Karen Garcia and the other was for domestic violence and battery.

Though there is a $10,000 bail set for the domestic violence and battery charges, the homicide has been set for a no-bail hold, meaning he will not be able to pay a bond to be released on his own recognizance.

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COLUSA, Calif. – A one and a half year manhunt for the murder suspect believed to be responsible for the death of Karen Garcia of Colusa County has ended with the arrest of Salvador Garcia, Jr. in Mexico.

Colusa Police Chief Joshua Fitch said on Sunday that Garcia was captured by the United States Marshals Service in Guadalajara, Mexico and has been turned over to members of the Colusa County Task Force to be booked into the Colusa County Jail.

Karen Garcia was the sister of one of the five people killed in a crash on Interstate 5 in Yolo County January 7, 2018. Her family was suspicious when she did not attend a vigil that was being held for her sister.

Karen Garcia was reported as missing by her family on January 9, 2018. Garcia and her vehicle had last been seen in Colusa on January 8, 2018, at around noon.

The investigation into her disappearance involved the Colusa Police Department, Williams Police Department, Colusa County District Attorney’s Office and the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office.

During the investigation, a search warrant was served at Salvador Garcia, Jr.’s Colusa residence on the 400 block of Oak Street. Evidence found during the search revealed evidence of a homicide.

On January 14, 2018, Karen Garcia’s car was discovered in a parking lot in Woodland. Her body was found inside.

Salvador Garcia Jr. was then identified as a suspect in Karen Garcia’s murder and a warrant was issued for his arrest. When officers went to arrest him they discovered that he had left town.

For more than a year North State investigators were helped by other agencies to locate Salvador Garcia, Jr. Those agencies included the Riverside Police Department, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, the Government of Mexico Fiscalia General de Jalisco-Grupo De Ordenes y Apprensiones and the Instituto Nacional de Migracion.

Colusa Police Chief Fitch said all the law enforcement agencies in Colusa County give thanks to the U.S. Marshals Service for their assistance in apprehending Salvador Garcia, Jr.

See these articles for more information on this case:

1-15-2018 - Search for murder suspect in Colusa County, missing woman's body found
A manhunt and homicide investigation is underway in Colusa County after a missing woman's body was found in her car in a Woodland parking lot.

1-15-2018 - Coworkers react to death of missing Williams woman
Days after her disappearance, a Williams woman was found dead in her car in a parking lot in Woodland Sunday night. The victim is 21-year-old Karen Garcia and she leaves behind a two-year-old daughter.

1-21-18 - Police: Karen Garcia murder suspect possibly driving stolen van
The Colusa Police Department has released information regarding the vehicle possibly stolen by homicide suspect Salvador Garcia Jr.

1-21-18 - Fundraiser to be held for Karen Garcia
A fundraiser is planned for Karen Garcia’s family. Her body was found last Sunday in her car in a parking lot in Woodland during a search for the missing young mother.

1/22/18 - Fundraiser held for family of Karen Garcia
The community of Williams turned out in large numbers Monday night for a fundraiser to benefit family of a young mother who was found murdered in Woodland.

1/25/18 - Karen Garcia laid to rest in Williams
For the second time in two weeks, a Williams mother had to bury her daughter. On Thursday the community showed up in large numbers to support the family.

2-22-2018 - Domestic violence shelter to be created in Colusa County
Friends and family didn't want Karen Garcia to be remembered as just another life lost to domestic violence, and that's why she and others are working to create "Karen's home," which would be the first domestic violence shelter in Colusa County.

3/21/18 - Reward increased in search for Salvador Garcia Jr.
The reward has now been increased as part of the search for Salvador Garcia Jr., the man suspected of killing a young mother from Williams.

6-06-2018 - Search Continues for Homicide Suspect
It's been almost five months now since the death of a young Williams mother who was found dead in her car days after she was reported missing. While her family looks for closure, the search continues for her suspected killer—Salvador Garcia Jr, her ex- boyfriend and father of her child.

10-15-2018 - Van Linked To Murder Suspect Found In Mexico
Authorities in Mexico have found a van belonging to a man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend, according to Williams Police.

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